Kōji Nakata

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Kōji Nakata
Personal information
Full name Kōji Nakata
Date of birth (1979-07-09) 9 July 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Otsu, Shiga, Japan
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Kashima Antlers
Number 6
Youth career
1995–1997 Teikyo High School
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Kashima Antlers 144 (27)
2005–2006 Marseille 9 (0)
2006–2008 Basel 62 (3)
2008– Kashima Antlers 106 (6)
National team
2000–2007[1] Japan 57 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16:12, 19 July 2013 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 20 February 2010

Kōji Nakata (中田浩二 Nakata Kōji; born 9 July 1979 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan) is a Japanese football (soccer) player who played at both the Football World Cup 2002, and the Football World Cup 2006. He currently plays for Kashima Antlers in the J. League.[2]

Football career[edit]

The 'other Nakata', as he is known to most non-Japanese fans, is a left-footed midfielder. A very versatile player, Nakata has established himself as one of the best defensive midfielders for Japan. Although his preferred position is at defensive midfield, his versatility means he can also operate as left wing-back, his normal position with FC Basel.

In 2004, during the Asian Cup final versus China, Nakata gained notoriety amongst Chinese fans by scoring the second Japanese goal with his hand.[3] Despite Chinese protests, the goal was still allowed. The Chinese media refer to this incident as the "Hand of Koji" incident, alluding to Diego Maradona's infamous hand of god goal.

Nakata moved from Japanese giants Kashima Antlers to France at the start of 2005 when former Japan national team manager Philippe Troussier, then the Olympique Marseille coach, signed him in a deal. After an understandably unhappy season in France (Troussier was sacked just a few months later), the frozen-out Nakata jumped at the chance to leave and by early 2006 had moved to Switzerland's top team FC Basel where he played as a defender.[4] Kōji was highly rated by Japan coach Zico and is sometimes compared to Junichi Inamoto, also a defensive midfielder for Japan.[citation needed] He returned to J. League club Kashima Antlers in July 2008.

In October 2008 Nakata underwent knee surgery, effectively ruling him out for the remainder of the 2008 J. League season after appearing in 12 games.

Club Team Career Stats[edit]

As of 20 July 2013
Club Season League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kashima Antlers 1998 5 1 0 0 0 0 5 1
1999 17 4 2 0 1 0 20 4
2000 29 4 5 2 2 2 36 8
2001 25 8 3 1 6 0 34 9
2002 29 6 5 0 3 0 37 6
2003 18 3 2 2 3 0 23 5
2004 21 1 3 2 2 0 26 3
Total 144 27 18 5 16 4 3 0 181 36
Marseille 2004–05 5 0 5 0
2005–06 4 0 1 0 5 0 10 0
Total 9 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 15 0
Basel 2005–06 10 1 10 1
2006–07 34 1 5 0 9 0 48 1
2007–08 18 1 2 1 5 0 25 2
Total 62 3 7 1 0 0 14 0 83 4
Kashima Antlers 2008 9 0 1 0 2 0 12 0
2009 22 1 4 0 1 0 2 0 29 1
2010 32 3 6 1 1 0 6 2 45 6
2011 26 2 1 0 3 0 6 1 36 3
2012 5 0 0 0 2 0 7 0
Total 94 6 11 1 8 0 16 3 129 10
Career total 309 36 36 7 25 4 38 3 408 50

National Team Career Stats[edit]

Appearances in major competitions[edit]

Team Competition Category Appearances Goals Team Record
Start Sub
 Japan AFC Youth Championship 1998 U-19 2nd Place
 Japan 1999 FIFA World Youth Championship U-20 7 0 0 2nd Place
 Japan 2000 Summer Olympics U-23 3 0 0 Quarter-finals
 Japan 2001 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 2nd Place
 Japan 2002 FIFA World Cup Senior 4 0 0 Round of 16
 Japan 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 1 1 0 Group Stage
 Japan 2004 AFC Asian Cup Senior 1 3 2 Champions
 Japan 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup Senior 0 2 0 Group Stage
 Japan 2006 FIFA World Cup Senior 0 1 0 Group Stage

Goals for Senior National Team[edit]

[1]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 3 August 2004 Jinan, China  Bahrain 4-3 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup Semi-Final
2. 7 August 2004 Beijing, China  China PR 3-1 Won 2004 AFC Asian Cup Final

[1]

Japan national team
Year Apps Goals
2000 7 0
2001 13 0
2002 13 0
2003 7 0
2004 6 2
2005 8 0
2006 2 0
2007 1 0
Total 57 2

Honors and awards[edit]

Teams[edit]

Kashima Antlers
Olympique Marseille
FC Basel
Japan National Team

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "NAKATA Koji". Japan National Football Team Database. 
  2. ^ "Stats Centre: Koji Nakata Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ Japan crush Chinese dreams to keep Asian crown
  4. ^ "Zwei neue Nationalspieler für den FCB" (in German). FC Basel. 31 January 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 

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